Family Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT)
Who we help
FB-IPT is a treatment for childhood depression based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), a psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective in caring for depression in adults and adolescents. IPT is a type of ‘talk’ therapy that relates depression to difficulties in personal relationships due to loss, conflict, or transitions in life circumstances. FB-IPT therapists work with the child to understand the relationship between interpersonal relationships and depression and to learn better communication and problem-solving skills to improve their relationships. In addition, parents participate in their child’s FB-IPT sessions.
How we help
FB-IPT is conducted in three phases, described below:
In the initial phase of treatment, each session is divided between 25-minute individual meetings with your child and 25-minute individual meetings with you, the accompanying parent. At the end of the Initial Phase of FB-IPT, you and your child will meet with the FB-IPT therapist to identify a primary issue/ problem related to your child’s depression and to outline goals for therapy.
In the Middle Phase of FB-IPT, weekly sessions will be divided between 25-minute individual meetings with your child and 25-minute joint meetings with you and your child. Joint meetings will allow you to understand the interpersonal skills, such as direct communication of feelings and social problem solving, that are being taught to help children make positive changes in the ways they interact with family and peers.
In the Ending Phase of FB-IPT, weekly meetings will be divided between 25-minute individual meetings with your child and 25-minute joint meetings with you and your child. Joint meetings with you and your child will focus on preventing future depressive episodes. A proactive plan for addressing significant recurrence of depressive symptoms will also be established.